Simon Bartram graduated from Birmingham Polytechnic with a First Class degree in illustration in 1990. He now lives in Gateshead with his wife and son.
He is influenced by a variety of artists ranging from the 15th Century Dutch painter, Jan van Eyck, to the recent figurative painters Stanley Spencer, Peter Blake and Peter Howson.
Simon loves writing and illustrating children's books. In 2003 he was short listed for the Kate Greenaway Award and in 2004 won the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award for Man on The Moon (a Day in the life of Bob). He has also written about Bob’s new best friend Barry (the extra-terrestrial dog). Barry also stars alongside Bob in the young fiction series, Bob and Barry’s Lunar Adventures and the their latest picture book adventure, Bob and The Moontree Mystery.
Templar have also published Simon’s unique book, Watch out for Sprouts a collection of poems and doodles reveals characters that would normally be hidden away in his sketchbooks.
Bob is 10!
Arena are pleased to be celebrating ten years since the publication of Simon Bartram's picture book Bob, Man on the Moon.